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FIFA ethics court bans arrested VPs Napout, Hawit

FIFA ethics court bans arrested and indicted vice presidents Napout and Hawit

FIFA ethics court bans arrested VPs Napout, Hawit

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from soccer after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.

The FIFA ethics committee says judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely.

Napout, the president of the South American confederation, and Hawit, president of North American body CONCACAF, were arrested in pre-dawn raids at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

They were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from television marketing rights.

Napout, from Paraguay, and Hawit, from Honduras, are resisting extradition to the U.S. while being detained in Zurich-area jails.

The FIFA ethics bans are routine for officials indicted in the sweeping American investigation.

Updated : 2021-09-27 05:10 GMT+08:00